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DocCollection 11
FREEDOMBUS Documentary by Fatima Abdollahyan, 91 Min., Germany 2013

How can democratic thinking be established in a country that has never experienced it before? After nearly 5000 years of pharaonic rule, the Egpytian people finally get their chance of free elections in 2011.
Ashraf El Sharkawy, 39, knows Egypt only from his summer holidays. Born and raised in Germany to Egyptian parents he has become a successfull manager for the largest insurance company in the world when the revolution on Tahrir-Square unfolds and Ashraf hears his call.

Driven by the urge to give something back to his ancestor's country, Ashraf returns to Egypt to start a democratization campaign called „Freedom Bus“. But suspicion is rooted deeply in the minds of the people when the „foreigner“ and „liberal“ Ashraf wants to talk about why it is important to vote.


Running Time: 91 Min.
Original Language: Arabic/German
Subtitles: German/English/Arabic
Audio Format: Stereo/Dolby 5.1
Region Code: 0 (all)
Format: Pal 16:9 (4:3 Letterbox), DVD 9
Bonus: Interview with the director, additional szenes

Filmfest München 2013
One Future-Preis der Interfilm-Akademie

Written & Directed: Fatima Geza Abdollahyan
Photography: Jakobine Motz (2nd Unit Egypt: Mohamed Abdelraouf)
Editor: Hansjörg Weißbrich, Eva Hartmann
Sound: Fatima Geza Abdollahyan
Composer: Saam Schlamminger
Editor: Hansjörg Weißbrich, Eva Hartmann
Colorist: Fabian Spang
Sound Postproduction Services: BFT, Munich
Dialogue Editor, Re-Recording Mixer: Michael Hinreiner
Sounddesigner: Jörg Eslner
Production Assistant Germany: Johannes Schubert
Line Producer Egypt: Michel Makram
Postproduction Coordinator: Fabian Spang
Commissioning Editor (ZDF): Milena Bonse
Producer: Ingo Fliess

Featuring: Ashraf El Sharkawy, Mohammad El Sharkawy, Dahlia Biazid, Sameh Shahin

An if... Productions film co-produced by ZDF, funded by FFF Bayern and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic






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